Fall (and tropical storm!) hit Texas with cooler temperatures!

It looks like my making fall cards is paying off…we are finally got a “cool” front, along with a tropical storm, not a hurricane-YEA. For those of you up north…this means early summer weather – LOL. For us in Texas, we are looking at the 60’s for several days! Yea!! Another fall card today to hopefully continue this wonderful weather we are now having.

I used the Beautiful Autumn bundle which includes the stamp set and this great Autumn punch pack. And the wonderful thing about the punches? They match the Gilded Autumn paper leaves and acorns! So I went to town punching out the gold and copper leaves and acorns to make my wreath. I layered that on top of the Crumb Cake speckled paper to make the wreath and heat embossed greeting stand out (I used my Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder which is retired, but the Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder is still available). That entire piece is layered on top of the houndstooth patterns DSP with Copper foil paper to give the card an elegant flair. Another of those triple bows with Gold thread.

Here’s the original card I CASEd from page 44 in the new Mini catalog. I had so much fun punching out the leaves and acorns, I have lots leftover. I’ll need to find another way to use the extras.

And my card just happens to meet the TGIFC#282 challenge for this week! WOOHOO!

Here’s what I used to make my CASEd card. If you want the list of supplies for the catalog card, email me and I can send the list to you!

Last week, my hubby and I ventured out into the Texas countryside to see this real castle! Yes, it’s real and large, that door into the castle is 20′ tall!. It’s just outside of Bellville, Texas and the owner built it himself and gives tours of it. The drawbridge over the moat works! As they say “Only in Texas”!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my card and my castle picture. If we can’t travel overseas right now to see medieval castles, we’ll see them in Texas!

Janice B at JB Stamper

 

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Stampin’ Up! stamp sale – today only

Just a quick post to remind you today only, September 23, is Stampin’ Up!’s annual 24-Hour Stamp Sale!

Stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! For today only, you can purchase select cling and photopolymer stamp sets at a 15% discount. This short, stamp-tacular sale only happens once a year—you won’t want to miss out on these super savings!

Here’s the stamps that are on sale until 12 midnight MT. Pick your favorites on the list and then head over to my shop to get them today between 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. MT!

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Happy shopping and then have a great time creating lots of cards with your new stamp sets!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Just CASE it…what does that mean?

Several of my recent cards have been CASEd cards. Whatever does that means? When I first started paper crafting a number of years ago, I had to ask also.

To CASE (Copy and Share Everything) is something nearly every experienced papercrafter does (or should be doing!) on a regular basis. You see a card in the catalog, for instance, focus on what  you like about it, then re-create it with your own spin.

It’s as simple as adding layers, rotating the card layout, changing the color combination or simplifying the project. The main point is to enjoy being inspired by the work of others and make it your own creation. Our minds start working when we study and learn from a project someone else has made. And that means you don’t have to start from scratch to get your creativity going!

So pick up either your Mini or Annual catalog and slowly look through the pages. Don’t focus on the stamps and products, but look at the projects and ideas. Find something that really makes you want to pull out all your crafting supplies and start working. There are so many beautiful and fun ideas in our catalogs, but you might miss them because you’re looking at the stamps and papers (I know I do!).

Our talented Stampin’ Up! artist CASEd the top owl card from the August–December 2020 Mini Catalog (page 62) and the Christmas trees from page 11, to create the other samples below. I decided to practice what I preach (as my mom used to always tell us) and made several my own CASEd cards.

For this card I kept the general layout of the owl card, but changed the colors, DSP papers and dies. I love the Playful Pets suite, it was the first suite I bought out of the catalog! I’ve made several dog cards with the DSP, but needed a cat birthday card for a friend who’s a fellow cat lover. I started with a base of Basic Black and Real Red that I embossed with the Subtle folder. I used the Tasteful Labels dies to create the openings in the cat things DSP. I fussy-cut the cats from the DSP and attached them inside each opening so that parts of the legs overhang onto the DSP. The birthday greeting is from Ittty Bitty Birthdays stamp set. I also fussy-cut the ball of yarn and footprint for the outside and added a set inside the card.

My next card used the layout from the Christmas tree card above and this card from page 11 in the catalog.

I’m still using fall colors for my cards. My trees are cut with the In the Woods dies layered on Very Vanilla. The layers underneath are all different pieces of the Gilded Autumn DSP – aren’t they gorgeous? I wasn’t sure what the gilded Cajun Craze DSP was supposed to be, but it looks great underneath the Very Vanilla piece. The greeting is from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set from this suite on a tag cut with the Stitched So Sweetly dies. Same layout, totally different look and season for my CASEd card.

Inside I stamped the leaves several times without reinking and added a fussy-cut pumpkin on top.

Here’s the supplies I sued for my CASEd cards:

So take a few minutes (or more!) to look at your catalogs and see what you find that inspires your creativity. Then CASE your own card. Whatever you do, have a fabulous time! Thanks for stopping by today! Happy creating and stamping to you!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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Life is better with friends and family…

Especially during this extended period of social distancing we are experiencing with the COVID pandemic. Who would have believed we’d still be doing this almost 8 months later? I’ve been working on feel good cards to send out to friends I haven’t been able to get together with for a while. Today’s card was CASEd from the Mini catalog on page 44. The catalog shows a square card, but I turned mine into a regular sized card.

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and dry embossed the front with the new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. It adds a very interesting texture to the front. For the focal point, I cut a 3-1/2″” square of Cajun Craze. It’s been a while since I’ve used Cajun Craze, but it seems to be my go to color for fall cards. I cut a 3-1/4″ square in Very Vanilla to use as a base to add the 1″ squares of Gilded Autumn DSP and cardstock. Using the delightful Autumn Punch pack (used these punches to create my wreath card) I punched various leaves and acorns from Bumblebee, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede. I played around with the layout choosing different colors in different places until I was happy with the colors. I stamped my greeting in Cajun Craze (there’s that color again-LOL) and used my Banners Pick a punch. I added a Gold banner and a strip of Mint Macaron weave ribbon underneath that tag (this is retired, but use the Basket Weave ribbon in the Gilded Autumn Suite).

Here’s a picture of the card from the catalog. Just remember any time you see a square card you like, you can always turn it into a regular size card! And when you see a card you like, use it to create your own variation for a unique card.

Here’s the supplies you need to make this card:

Thanks for joining me for another fall card. I have a few more ideas I want to try out before I move on to Halloween, then Thanksgiving and Christmas-holiday cards. Oh my…it seems to soon to be thinking about Christmas, but it’s coming fast! Happy stamping!

Janice B at JB Stamper

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